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What will I learn?

The field of Linguistic science has established a wealth of scientific findings on language. Through a programme of rigorous study, students will develop a basic understanding of the methods of linguistic analysis and an appreciation of some of the achievements of the field. Students will acquire an enlightened outlook on language, as well as general problem-solving and research skills.

The BA programme in Linguistics aims to achieve the following learning outcomes in students:

  • Possessing a body of knowledge about theories of language and language acquisition as well as the associated methods of analysis.
  • Possessing a body of knowledge about the relationship between theoretical linguistics and linguistics applied to other disciplinary studies.
  • Possessing a sharpened awareness of the languages used in the local community through developing their abilities in analyzing, primarily but not exclusively, Cantonese, Mandarin and English, in particular how these languages are structured and acquired as a linguistic system, and how they function socio-linguistically in the local community, the region and the world.
  • Possessing analytical and critical thinking capabilities and a sufficient set of research skills for work and postgraduate study.
  • Being linguistically competent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English for work and postgraduate study.
  • Developing an appreciation and knowledge of Modern Languages for intercultural communication.

Career prospects

  • With solid training in linguistics and wide exposure to diverse disciplines, our graduates are in a strong position to pursue careers in language education, business and public administration, interpretation and translation, journalism and various other media and communications-related services, computer language processing and language engineering research, speech therapy, and brain and cognitive science research.
  • Those wishing to further their studies may consider our postgraduate programmes. Some of our graduates from these programmes also received competitive scholarships to further doctoral studies in prestigious universities abroad.
  • Our B.A. and M.A. programmes in Linguistics are exempted from the English Language Proficiency Assessment by the Education Bureau, HKSAR upon completion of relevant teacher training.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,66,869) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained SAT Reasoning Test; and preferably with 2 SAT Subject Tests/ 2 Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.GCSE/IGCSE/GCE-OL.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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